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Louisiana State University

College priorities adrift

No film more deftly portrays college-age ennui than Mike Nichols' classic 1967 movie, "The Graduate." "What are you doing?" Benjamin Braddock's father demands of his son, who's been spending his time since school lying on an air mattress in the backyard pool. "Well," Benjamin replies, "I would say that I'm just drifting, here in the pool." "Why?" Dad insists. "Well," says Ben, "it's very comfortable — just to drift here." And so it is. Since 1967, all that's changed about drifting endlessly in a pool is that now you can do it on campus while you're still a student. Miniature...